Well that was a bit of a chilly one!! We’ve been out putting up the Sportive route today in the hills around Todmorden and Hebden Bridge. The roads are in pretty good condition and the weather today was very kind, no rain and a little breeze, so the only obsticles were the hills :-)

And there are a few to deal with. The long route splits off  just before Todmorden, goes through the town and out the other side. A few miles up the road a right hand turn brings you to the first real climb of the day, a short sharp start gradually eases off to a pleasant gradient and the top at Stansfield Moor. From here you reap you effforts with a fantastic road towards Burnley, past the wind turbines and gradually down hill. Turning North and then East, you head towards Hebden Bridge on a lonely, scenic stretch of tarmac and then descend into HB at a cracking pace.

The route then rejoins the Short/Medium routes in time for Cragg Vale which, if I remember correctly, is the “most constant graidient” road in the UK. It’s not steep but it does go on for a bit………

At the top is the manned drink station where Tony will be handing out drink and cake – there may even be tea and coffee if I can get the hot water boiler sorted.

The Medium/long  routes then go of to do another loop with a couple of other climbs before returning to the drink station and joining the Short route for the final descent back towards  the event centre.

Here’s the GPX files – MTB to follow tomorrow.

Sportive Short

Sportive Medium

Sportive Long

If you are having problems or need other formats, visit Bikeroutetoaster.com and put the GPX files thorough the site.

See you Sunday